The tradition of Glenwood’s Strawberry Days |

The tradition of Glenwood’s Strawberry Days

Sean Johnson
Post Independent Intern
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Dale Shrull Post IndependentEight-year-old Samantha Young gets her hair braided at the Happy Hairbraiding booth in Sayre Park Saturday. Her sisters Madalyn, 9, and Lia, 6, were waiting to have their hair done next.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Festivities roared in full swing, as the Strawberry Days parade jumped off Saturday with a herd of spectators.

Booths and rides kept people entertained throughout the weekend. Jewelry, food, princess head bands, beer and more during the festival brought fun for everyone.

New Castle resident Augusto Escobar stood and enjoyed the parade outside of City Market. He comes out every year to see the parade, which is his favorite part of the festivities.

“I’m sad they didn’t have a car show this year.” Escobar added.

Along with many participants, Escobar enjoys chowing down on the giant turkey legs and washing it down with refreshing strawberry beer. He likes the aftertaste of the beer, that’s when the flavor of the strawberries kick in.

Strawberry Days also has the added attraction of running into old friends.

Dusti Budd enjoys the festival because she gets to see people she hasn’t seen all year. “Like that person, right there,” Budd said laughing.

She loves walking through the booths at Sayre Park, temporarily named Strawberry Park for the weekend. However, she is missing the booth this year that offers packets of seasonings that can be mixed to create delicious dipping sauces.

Strawberry Park hosted some performances to go along with the ‘Chinese Celebration’ theme for the weekend. Saturday presented a lion dance by the Shaolin Hung Mei School, a Village Inn pie eating contest and the musical stylings of The Sirens.

“I’m not working today,” Lissa Pabst said with excitement. Pabst works at Pediatric Partners in Glenwood Springs as a Registered Nurse. The practice closed on Saturday so the employees could enjoy the weekend.

Pabst can’t let a Strawberry Days weekend pass her by without savoring the taste of a freshly squeezed lemonade and some funnel cake. She’s extremely excited to be able to enjoy these summer delicacies once again.

Today is the final day of Strawberry Days, and Sunday will have plenty to keep people occupied while enjoying Father’s Day.

At 7 a.m., a pancake breakfast will take place at the baseball field at located in Sayre Park.

Spectators can also enjoy performances by the Glenwood Dance Academy on the main stage at noon, and the Shaolin Hung Mei School at 1 p.m.

Glenwood’s Joe Nunn is enjoying the festival for the first time and thinks the weekend displays cultural diversity, he added that this is an example of what makes our country great.

Nunn lives close by, and is glad that he can buzz on down. He looks forward to the booths again today and is hoping his brother set one up like he has in previous years.

Alive on Arrival will take the stage at 3:30 and play until 6 p.m. The diverse band employs members from Uzbekistan, Russia and Philadelphia, and will keep audience members entertained with their eclectic grooves and style. Additionally, the carnival will be open until 10 p.m. for the younger crowd to enjoy rides and games.

What a wonderful weekend of fun and family, all nestled within our little mountain community.

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